Asked on May 19, 2019

How to repaint a resin molded floating hippo head?

Ken EricksonKmdreamerWilliam


I have a resin molded floating hippo head (pool decoration from Africa) that needs repainting after 3 summers in the sun. What kind of paint is safe and long lasting?

4 answers
  • Betsy
    on May 19, 2019

    The easiest way to paint resin is to use a primer. Grey or white primer is best if you're using mixed colors. I prefer using a spray primer, as it helps so that you don't apply too much and change the look of the resin. Be careful that you use a couple of light coats so that you don't get that drippy build up in the creases. However, you can also use a paint-on primer but you don't get into the nooks and crannies as you would with a spray.

    Use a paint made for plastic and resin, like Rust-Oleum or Krylon Fusion for Plastic. A paint that is acrylic-based is typically a good choice, as it's a latex-based paint. Wait for one coat of paint to dry before adding another coat or different color.

    Good luck and show us a picture of your hippo when you're finished:)

  • William
    on May 20, 2019

    Krylon Fusion spray paint would be the best. Bonds to plastic in a molecular level. Would hold up to water contact better.

  • Kmdreamer
    on May 20, 2019

    Get some pool paint made for water

  • Ken Erickson
    on May 20, 2019

    Spray paint or other exterior grade brush on paints.

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